I’m loving, loving, loving this rolling star quilt block.
I’ve never made such large quilt blocks before and they are FUN!
Single Rolling Star Block Tutorial
This block is 18.5″ x 18.5″ so I’ll be making 12 of them for my quilt.
Read on if you want measurements for making one or 12 different ones.
Originally I thought I wanted to use 6 prints and double up on the blocks so that there were duplicates of each color.
Then I decided to pull 12 different prints which meant I needed to alter a few of the directions from the original tutorial.
The original tutorial gives you directions for making half-square triangles that make enough for 2 blocks at a time. If you want to use 12 different fabrics OR just make one block, you can use the measurements and instructions below.
Single Rolling Star Block Measurements:
(2) 7.5″ x 7.5″ pink (for HST)
(1) 6.5″ x 6.5″ pink (for center)
(4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ pink (for geese)
(1) 7.75″ x 7.75″ gray (for geese)
(2) 7.5″ x 7.5″ gray (for HST)
(4) 3.5″ x 3.5″ white (for corner pieces)
(1) 7.5″ x 7.5″ white (for geese)
(4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ navy (for geese)
Measurements for a 12-block quilt featuring 18″ square blocks:
(24) 2 of each feature print – 7.5″ x 7.5″ (for HST)
(12 sets of 4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ of each feature print (for geese)
(12) 6.5″ x 6.5″ of feature print (centers)
(48) 4.25″ x 4.25″ navy (for geese)
(24) 7.5″ x 7.5″ gray (for HST)
(12) 7.75″ x 7.75″ gray (for geese)
(12) 7.75″ x 7.75″ white (for geese)
(48 ) 3.5″ x 3.5″ white (for corners of HST)
*When cutting your printed fabric, cut a 7.5″ x WOF strip. Then cut that into (2) 7.5″ x 7.5″ pieces, (1) 6.5″ x 6.5″ piece and (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ pieces.
*When cutting the navy fabric, remove selvage, cut (6) strips 4.25″ x WOF. Then keep folded and cut the strips into (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ for 8 squares per strip.
Looking for instructions on how to make these geese? Check the flying geese tutorial.
For the half-square triangles follow these instructions:
- Place the 7.5″ x 7.5″ squares right sides together
- Draw a diagonal line from the top right to bottom left corner.
- Draw a line 1/4″ on the left and right of the center line.
- Sew along the left and right lines.
- Rotary cut along the center line.
- Press seams flat, open block and press seams flat.
- Trim blocks to 6.5″ x 6.5″ with a 6.5″ square up ruler.
- To add the corner (3.5″ x 3.5″) pieces, place those at the top left corner of the block. Draw a diagonal line from top right to bottom left corner.
- Sew along the inside of that line, on the corner side. That will ensure that when you trim and flip the corner, it’s not too small.
- Trim the excess leaving a 1/4″ SA. Press and flip the fabric over.
- If needed, square up your block to 6.5″ x 6.5″. See the end of this post for pics.
When assembling your block, make all 9 individual units.
Press seams flat then arrange on your table in order.
Sew the top row together, press.
Repeat for middle and bottom rows pressing after each.
Finally, sew the top row to the middle then sew the bottom row to the middle.
Press center seams open and flat.
If you make one of these (or a whole bunch!) please tag me on social media @ellisonlane #ellisonlane so I can see them! 🙂 I’d love to see your version.
I’m off to get started sewing my other 11 blocks. I was going to save these for Sew South sewing but I don’t think I can wait!
Happy weekend y’all!